Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Paris of Oklahoma

We had reason to go to Tulsa last Friday, so decided to make a weekend of it and booked a hotel downtown and decided to “Discover Tulsa” a bit!

tulsa Am not sure if you remember the episode of Friends where Chandler tries to convince Monica to move to Tulsa with him by calling it the “Paris of Oklahoma”, but he was right.  There’s just something very chic and laid back about Tulsa compared to OKC.  We’re wild west cowboys.  Tulsa is old oil money and art deco. 

S3 The event we attended as at the Gilcrease Museum.  And if you are an Okie and for some unknown reason recognize the pose of this statue but can’t quite place it – it  is because the new car tag logo is based on this sculpture!  Right in the main driveway/valet drop-off of the Gilcrease.  He’s much better in person than on the car tag.

S4And there I was saying how very Continental it all is in Tulsa, but cowboys are always with us in Oklahoma, that is for sure.  Here’s the old boss, who is not my boss, but will always be my boss, signing books at the event. 

DSC_0927Saturday found us at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum watching a fly-in because it was … of all things on the one day we are in Tulsa … it was Royal Air Force day at the museum.  So of course we had to go.  It ended up being a bit of a non-event but we did learn more about the RAF pilots who trained in Oklahoma during WWII.  Never, in the field of human conflict, have so many owed so much to so few.  And some of them were trained right here.

penny Now, see this girl?  Or lady now I guess … well, remember when I wrote about the “Great Roommate Switch of 1975” some months ago?  Well, will wonders never cease.  This girl above was that very same college roommate that switched rooms to go live next door at the dorm.  She added me as a Facebook friend recently and we visited a bit online.  She lives near Tulsa and was going to be downtown on Saturday,  why didn’t we stop by for a visit?  So we grabbed a few jars of Starbucks iced coffee from the c-store and off we went.  And you know what?  Neither one of us can remember why we had a falling out all those years ago.  She looks exactly the same, but I didn’t remember the sound of her voice.  I think that is to be forgiven since it has been … ahem ahem cough cough … 30+ years since we were in the same room together.  But we did tear up Hawaii as 17 year olds.  We pioneered the beach vacation for high school graduates. 

EdbettyThen it was off for a yummy meal with my favorite uncle on my dad’s side -- okay the only uncle on my dad’s side -- Eddie and his wife, Betty.  They are the ones who have some race horses that run at Remington on occasion.  Probably a Secretariat in their stables somewhere no doubt!  Anyway, the jokes were bad (as usual), the company great, the food excellent and we heart them both very much.

DSC_0965Next morning, we drove over to the Ambassador Hotel for Sunday brunch before heading home.  We recommend this restaurant greatly and will definitely try there again if we make it back to T-Town.  It is called “The Chalk Board” and is attached to the hotel. 

Then on the way home, we passed this:

DSC_0973 Sweet!  We honked and waved at them as we went by.  Maybe it will be us one day.

So it was a weekend of old bosses, beautiful artwork, old airplanes, old friends, old relatives and relaxing and eating.  Can’t ask for much better.


Brit Gal Sarah said...

Ah sounds like a great weekend and how adorable was that car you passed LOL! Not sure I agree about the Paris of OK, but it does have some great museums and we have done a few when visiting kids. The hubby is looking very well btw.

Haiku Master said...

Excellent blogging.
Reader feels like he was there.
Along for the ride.

Milk River Madman said...

Great post Pam. Loved the pictures and the naration. Oklahoma is rapidly becoming my third favorite state right behind Montana (of course) and Wyoming, which is also known as southern Montana.

Boxer said...

I love your travel posts and had no idea that Tulsa was so lovely. I love art deco and have found some of my best "pieces" while in Nebraska and Kansas. Go figure.

I recently reconnected with a friend on Facebook that I lost during a divorce (hers.) She came to my MIL's funeral and as soon as we saw each other, everything that had been said (and not said) vanished. I'd like to think time does heal all pains.

Where are "we" going next?

fishy said...

I might be jealous! Family, friendship, food .... all great things to enjoy on a little getaway. Lovely post.

Come weigh in on the current post at the Pond.

moi said...

I worked on a book on Tulsa once – that city plain ol' rocks. Largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the United States, too. Not even NYC beats it. Glad you had such a great time and got to reconnect with an old pal. Isn't that the best?